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Round 2, Gm 3: Sharks at Predators

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Weber blast lifts Predators to Game 3 victory

Captain scores winning goal, helps cut Sharks' series lead to 2-1

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

Weber's huge slap shot

SJS@NSH, Gm3: Weber beats Jones with a huge one-timer

R2, Gm3: Shea Weber winds up and blasts a big slap shot past the glove of Martin Jones, putting the Predators ahead in the 2nd period

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NASHVILLE -- The smile was as big as the sound of 17,163 fans trying to push the roof off Bridgestone Arena was loud.

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber stood in the faceoff circle to the right of the San Jose Sharks net, his arms outstretched to greet Colin Wilson and Roman Josi. He stood for a split second before they arrived, the smile growing as he shouted unintelligibly to his teammates, his words, but not his elation, lost in the din.

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Sharks didn't play at high level in Game 3 loss

San Jose struggled at even strength, gave up two power-play goals against Predators

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The San Jose Sharks believe they have a higher level of play they can reach after a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of their Western Conference Second Round series at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The Sharks weren't happy with their even-strength play in Game 2 and thought they showed some improvement 5-on-5 in Game 3 despite the loss. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer thought his team was better in that area but said they didn't capitalize on their chances.

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Instant analysis: Sharks at Predators, Game 3

Penalty kill, fan support help Nashville get first win

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The Predators erased a lead for the first time in this series with goals from James Neal, Shea Weber, Colin Wilson and Filip Forsberg.

San Jose leads the best-of-7 series 2-1.

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Power play lifts Predators past Sharks in Game 3

Neal, Forsberg score with man-advantage; Nashville trails series 2-1

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators scored four unanswered goals, including two on the power play from James Neal and Filip Forsberg, to defeat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

San Jose leads the best-of-7 series 2-1 with Game 4 here on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports 2).

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Gnash tried to turn into a feline good luck charm

Predators' saber-tooth tiger mascot looks to bring the kitty mojo

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Predators mascot takes the ice

SJS@NSH, Gm3: Predators bring their own cat for luck

R2, Gm3: The Predators mascot crawls in front of the bench to try and bring good luck to Nashville in Game 3

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Remember the black cat that scurried in front of the Sharks bench before Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round? The little guy brought San Jose the exact opposite of bad luck and has since been christened Jo Paw-velski with puck sculptures and vanity Twitter accounts dedicated in his honor.

So it makes sense that the Predators, trailing 2-0 with the series headed to Nashville, wanted a little of that kitty mojo before Game 3.

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Titans quarterback riles up Predators fans

Marcus Mariota waves towel prior to Game 3 faceoff against Sharks

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Mariota rallies the troops

SJS@NSH, Gm3: Mariota pumps up crowd before Game 3

R2, Gm3: Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota pumps up the crowd prior to the Predators taking on the Sharks in Game 3

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was on the ice prior to Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, waving a towel to inspire the fans at Bridgestone Arena.

Mariota took the ice in front of Sharks goalie Martin Jones wearing a Predators jersey with his NFL No. 8.

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Predators center Ribeiro scratched from Game 3

Aberg making NHL debut for Nashville against Sharks

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round against the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

Ribeiro, who participated in the morning skate, played in the previous nine Stanley Cup Playoff games and had one assist. He was minus-3 and won 35 percent of his faceoffs.

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Predators looking for a smashing success

Nashville fans allowed to hammer Sharks-themed car for charity

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Nashville Predators are home for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which means the return of the Smash Car.

Ahead of Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round against the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; USA, SN360, TVA Sports 2), the Predators rolled out the latest edition of the car, this one painted in San Jose colors.

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Sharks hope this story has purr-fect ending

Looking to find new home for good-luck charm 'Jo Paw-velski'

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Sharks let black cat on ice

NSH@SJS, Gm1: Sharks bring black cat to Game 1

R2, Gm1: A black cat runs past the bench, hoping the Sharks can turn fortune in their favor before Game 1

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Black cats often are synonymous with bad fortune, but the San Jose Sharks are treating the feline who walked on the ice Friday before Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators as a lucky charm.

The Sharks are trying to find a home for the cat they have named "Jo Paw-velski" as she recovers from her moment on the ice. In the meantime, she has become a social media sensation.

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5 Keys: Sharks at Predators, Game 3

Nashville looking short-term; San Jose focused on puck-handling

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

NASHVILLE -- The San Jose Sharks and the Nashville Predators play Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; USA, SN360, TVA Sports 2). San Jose leads the best-of-7 series 2-0.

Here are 5 Keys for Game 3:

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